Three-homer games have been all the rage in Major League Baseball this week.
On Friday, a man very familiar to launching home runs in threes rejoined the club as Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts went deep three times in a 10-5 win against the New York Yankees.
In doing so, Betts made it four straight days where at least one MLB player has posted a three home run game. That represents the longest such streak in MLB history.
The streak began with Robinson Cano of the New York Mets on Tuesday. Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals and Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins followed up on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, before Betts went deep three times in the first four innings against Yankees starter James Paxton.
Prior to Thursday, it had never actually happened on three straight days in MLB history.
It’s also the fourth time a Red Sox hitter has hit three homers in a game against the Yankees.
With Mookie Betts' 3rd HR of the night there have been players with 3 HR games in four consecutive days for the first time in MLB history.
Betts is the 4th Red Sox player to have a 3-HR game against the Yankees at Fenway Park, joining Steve Pearce, Kevin Millar and Mo Vaughn. pic.twitter.com/zqZsB1gIYe
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 27, 2019
Betts played the lead role as the Red Sox continued destroying Yankees pitching. The Red Sox exploded for 19 runs on 23 hits in Thursday’s win against New York. Betts went 2 for 4 with a double in that one. On Friday, he added a double.
Mookie Betts tonight.
14 total bases, 4 runs scored, 5 driven in. Not bad. pic.twitter.com/gaDTMrhXta
— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) July 27, 2019
Betts nears another MLB record
As noted, Betts is no stranger to hitting three home runs in a single game.
Friday marked the fifth such game in his MLB career.
At just 26, he’s already one game short of tying the record for most three-homer games in a career.
#MLB players with the most career 3-HR games:
Sammy Sosa, 6 games
Johnny Mize, 6
MOOKIE BETTS, 5 <<<
Mark McGwire, 5
Dave Kingman, 5
Carlos Delgado, 5
Joe Carter, 5
Alex Rodríguez, 5
— Red Sox Nation Stats (@RSNStats) July 27, 2019
Here’s how it compares to some of the most dangerous sluggers in MLB history.
Career three-homer games:#RedSox Mookie Betts - 5
Barry Bonds - 4
Ted Williams - 3
Willie Mays - 3
Babe Ruth - 2
Ken Griffey Jr. - 2
Henry Aaron - 1
David Ortiz - 0
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) July 27, 2019
No further proof is needed to support that Betts is among MLB’s most elite hitters.
Like Mike Trout, he just seems to get better each season.
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